Keith Murray is a world class lyricist. Murray dropped five solo albums, The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, It’s a Beautiful Thing, Enigma, He’s Keith Murray, and Rap-Murr-Phobia, in collaboration with other Hip Hop legends like Erick Sermon, Funkmaster Flex, and Redman. He’s also part of Def Squad Cypher trio with Redman and Erick Sermon.

“When I was in high school, like in 91, this girl that had lived in a new development, she had issues with her personal life, and she sat in the garage, clogged up the exhaust pipe of her car, and she slowly died. That’s the first time I heard about that that really affected me first hand. One of my friends had to go through 90 years in jail, and on his girlfriend’s birthday, which is a sister of mine from my brother, Brady Shakim Owens, the gatekeeper of the LOD, he got killed at the Rec. My friend, Twoface, was in the garage and he shot himself in the head, on her birthday, cause he couldn’t go through that time. That stuff started hitting me. It drove me to create the record with my band.” –Murray on The Suicide Song.

Producer: Mingjie Zhai; Interviewer: Mingjie Zhai; Videographers: Sherman Wellons and MJZwanderlust, Editor: MJZwanderlust Special Thanks to: Josh1 Boomnote Productions and Danny Brook

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Keith Murray

Part I: Drove Me to Create

“That stuff started hitting me, and it drove me to create the record with my band.”

Part II: Sense of Purpose

“A sense of purpose…you get a good sweat, you win you lose, you go back to the drawing board, you try harder, you get your accolades, all American, all league, going to the dinners, going 52 points… .”

Keith Murray’s Creative Expression

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